Leeds United defender Jansson to miss Sweden qualifiers

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson is stretchered from the field during a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson is stretchered from the field during a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Pontus Jansson will miss Sweden’s World Cup qualifiers against Luxembourg and Holland after being stretchered from the field during Leeds United’s 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The centre-back was sent for scans on an arm injury earlier today and has been replaced in Sweden’s squad by Dynamo Moscow defender Sebastian Holmen.

Gaetano Berardi, right, looks on as Pontus Jansson receives treatment at Hillsborough.

Gaetano Berardi, right, looks on as Pontus Jansson receives treatment at Hillsborough.

Jansson was due to fly to Sweden after yesterday’s Championship game at Hillsborough but will stay in England during the international break having been carried off with 18 minutes of the match to play.

He was hurt in a collision with midfielder Kalvin Phillips, an accidental coming-together which left Phillips with a dead leg.

Sweden moved quickly to call Holmen into their squad amid doubts that Jansson would be fit to face Luxembourg on Saturday. Their Group A qualifier in Stockholm is followed by a meeting with the Netherlands in Amsterdam next Tuesday.

Ronaldo Vieira has also pulled out of international duty with England Under-20s after sustaining a minor knee injury. The midfielder was due to play in friendlies against Italy and the Czech Republic.

Jansson’s knock is another complication for United head coach Thomas Christiansen who has dealt with repeated defensive absences since the season began in August.

Centre-backs Jansson, Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington have all been affected by injury while Cooper and Jansson both served suspensions in the opening two months of the term.

Full-backs Gaetano Berardi and Vurnon Anita have also faced time on the sidelines due to injury.

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen ponders his next move in the 1-0 defeat to Reading on Saturday.  Picture: Tony Johnson.

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